Aug 19, 2014 — Writer and naturalist Edward Kanze grew up in a suburb north of New York City but now lives year-round near Saranac Lake. Our book reviewer Betsy Kepes read his new book, Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East.
She says Kanze's new book is a combination of memoir and natural history served up with enthusiasm, wry humor, and a touch of awe. Go to full article
Jul 30, 2014 — It's the summer of 1958 in a fictional resort town in the Adirondacks. Seventeen-year-old Kevin Boyle is itching to get out on his own but he makes a couple of bad decisions that lead to a major disaster. Betsy Kepes has this review of Paul Castellani's novel, Sputnik Summer. Go to full article
Jun 27, 2014 — Mary Sanders Shartle begins her novel with a scene of an Adirondack hermit shooting a rifle at low flying military planes that are disturbing the quiet of a cold February day.
All of us have been startled by the roar of military fly-overs, but Lily Martindale does more than complain to the hotline. After a bullet from her rifle hits a plane she is under investigation by Homeland Security and her secluded life as a caretaker at a camp in the northern Adirondacks comes undone. Go to full article
May 28, 2014 — You don't have to be a westerner to appreciate Edward Curtis's photos from a hundred years ago. His sepia prints show native people on horseback or in dugout canoes. His... Go to full article
Apr 15, 2014 — In Colin McAdam's new novel, a childless couple in Addison County, Vermont buys a baby chimpanzee. At first he's a cute little guy, but what happens when an ape is raised as... Go to full article
Mar 11, 2014 — What item fills up an aisle at most North Country grocery stores, a food so common we don't even see it? White bread, the All-American food. Betsy Kepes has this review of... Go to full article
Feb 26, 2014 — Kingston writer Wayne Grady grew up in a white working class family in Windsor, Ontario. Years later, while researching his family's history, Grady discovered that his father... Go to full article
Jan 08, 2014 — What was life like for the first French Jesuits, men who rode in canoes up the St. Lawrence River to live with the Iroquois and the Huron? In Joseph Boyden's epic novel,... Go to full article
Jan 02, 2014 — Many of us in the North Country are learning to eat closer to home. We buy fruits, vegetables and meats from local farmers as a way to help our economy and get good, fresh... Go to full article